10/4/2005 7:14:31 PM
Appearance / Description of Object(s)
The object was not visible directly. The first flash, which was also the brightest, had a magnitude comprable to that of Venus. The flash and streak that followed became dimmer. The light was white in color, there may have been a bluish hue to it, but it was likely a result of the contrast of the white on black.
Size of Object(s)
The object was not directly visible
Description of Area / Surroundings
Was in a suburban area. The sighting occurred in my backyard which backs up to a park. The tree line was just below where the object appeared in the sky. No special features in the area.
Full Description & Details
The 2 flashes and 1 streak were seen in the northern sky at about 40 degrees in altitude at an estimated magnitude similar to if not brighter than Venus. It initially appeared to be an iridium flare, however the flash appeared again, but dimmer. Its final appearance was as a dim steak of light a few degrees in length. I assume it was the same object as a straight line could be drawn from where the flashes and streak occurred. I can rule out a fireball, as it was traveling too slow and during the 15 seconds or so I saw it, the object moved only about 5 to 10 degrees (towards the horizon.) I doubt it was a disabled satellite, tumbling in its orbit because its appearance in the sky was too short, but it should not be ruled out as a possibility. I doubt it was an extraterrestrial vehicle
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
As stated earlier, it is unlikely that the object was a fireball, as it was moving to slow. It is most likely a decaying satellite tumbling in its orbit. (I have a lot of confidence in this explaination, but what's interesting is that the sighting was so short)
I am a trustworthy person, I do not suffer from any mental problems except A.D.D. and it is important to note that i'm also a boy scout. I've been a lounge chair astronomer for 4 years now and I haven't seen anything like this before. I am a high school student (10th grade), and I take the topic of UFO's very seriously.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
I had known quite a bit about UFO's, both as ET vehicles and as purely unidentified flying objects, before the sighting.
Your Location:Lenexa, Kansas, United States of America